Dry Bulk Week 43 - The Baltic Briefing
Bulk report – Week 43
The end of the week brought about a small increase in sentiment heading into a long weekend for some regions. After sustaining a drop in value for the first part of the week, the 5TC now appears to have turned its fortunes around to settle the week out almost unchanged. 5TC opened $25,117, dropped to $23,740 midweek before closing up Friday at $24,945. The West Australia to China C5 continues to trade its range closing Friday at $9.268 up from $8.823 mid-week with healthy trading activity throughout the week from most charterers. The Atlantic is starting to see an increase in transatlantic activity, although fronthaul business remains subdued heading into November. IMO 2020 fuel compliance considerations are coming to the forefront of trading as replenishment bunkers after fixing voyages and timecharter trips will likely being to straddle this transition period.
The week ended on a weaker note as it seems more tonnage is open and less fresh cargo coming to the market. There have been a number of shorter Baltic round voyages fixed with rates varying from $14,000 to $16,500. There was less visibility for transatlantic trips, but some voyage fixtures were concluded such as TKS fixing the Key Light (83,027dwt, 2012 NYK) for 75,000 min/max coal Baltimore/Rotterdam loading 5/15 November at $11. Cargill fixed the Braveheart (74,117 dwt, 2001) in ballast basis APS Trombetas early November for a trip to Aughinish $15,000 + $75,000. The Pacific has be....